Catholic agency wants right to deny adoption to gay couples

Adoption agency Catholic Care has resumed its appeal against anti-discrimination laws

Catholic agency wants right to deny adoption to gay couples
13 September 2012

A UK Catholic adoption agency is asking a judge to grant it the right to deny its services to gay couples today (13 September).

Catholic Care has gone to the Upper Tribunal in London to ask the court to defy anti-discrimination laws, and agree only heterosexual couples should be allowed to raise a child.

Justice Sales told the group it is forbidden from restricting their services to married heterosexual couple, the Times reports.

He believes it would be in violation of the Equality Act 2010, which says no company is allowed to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

It is the fourth time the Leeds-based charity has gone to appeal against anti-discrimination laws, and they say they are prepared to go to the European Court of Human Rights.

The Charity Commission has twice turned down Catholic Care, stating being gay does not affect your ability to be a parent.

Catholic Care’s Monica Carss-Frisk said if the charity’s objection to placing children with gay couples was not acknowledged, she said the adoption agency would cease to exist from lack of donations.

She said: ‘The alternative is the services are not provided at all, to the detriment of children in need of adoption.’

Referring to the charity’s predicament, she said the Charity Commission’s focus on the rights of same-sex couples, rather than children in need of adoption, was ‘tantamount to putting the interests of the helper before those of the helpless’.

Gareth Morgan, professor of Charity Studies at Sheffield Hallam University, said he felt Catholic Care’s argument was implausible.

He said: ‘On the contrary I think most Catholics will be very cautious about supporting a charity with such a narrow interpretation of Catholic social responsibility.’

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Iran performed over 1,000 gender reassignment operations in four years

Iranian news services reports that well over a thousand gender reassignment operations have been carried out between 2006 and 2010
No thumbnail available

Trial for Florida A & M University hazing death to start next week

Four band members face charges of felony hazing and manslaughter
No thumbnail available

Mexico's first openly gay mayor takes office to fight drug cartels

47-year-old Benjamin Medrano is foregoing marriage equality campaigns as mayor to ensure the safety of his town's 23,000 citizens
No thumbnail available

Obama speaks out on Supreme Court and DOMA

'It is very important for us to remember that we're a nation where everybody is supposed to be equal before the law'
No thumbnail available

London priest: ‘You can quit being gay like smoking or drugs’

Vicar accuses police of being 'manipulated by homosexuals' after authorities arrested an American evangelist in Wimbledon
No thumbnail available

US Supreme Court could still issue landmark gay marriage ruling this week

Day passes with no ruling - next possible day is Thursday
Marisa Tomei joins TV's Empire as a lesbian billionaire

Marisa Tomei joins TV's Empire as a lesbian billionaire

Oscar winner got her start on TV sitcom A Different World thirty years ago
No thumbnail available

‘Gay cure’ group loses London bus battle - again

The Core Issues Trust, a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor Boris Johnson as 'pandering to the homosexual agenda’
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Tennessee judge finds gay marriage ban constitutional in shock ruling

A Tennessee county judge has ruled that the US constitution does not protect same-sex couples’ right to marry in the first legal loss of its kind since the US Supreme Court overturned the federal Defense Of Marriage Act